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Is Iowa’s Water Quality Getting Better or Worse?

[Source: Keith Schilling, Iowa Geological Survey at the University of Iowa, 07.2016 | Keywords: Water, Water Quality, Iowa] Although it took several decades for significant progress to be seen on the land, practices such as contour cropping, terracing and grass waterways were adopted, slowing runoff and reducing soil erosion and sediment export. Media outlets and the… Read More »

IOWA: Farmers vs. Clean Water

[Source: AgriNews and Des Moines Register, 07.2016 | Keywords: Water, Water Quality, Iowa] Over 1 1/2 years ago, Des Moines Water Works filed a lawsuit against drainage districts in three northwest Iowa counties, claiming that underground tiles are acting as conduits, funneling high levels of nitrates into the Raccoon River, a source of drinking water for 500,000 central… Read More »

Iowa Legislative Session Concludes

Iowa Legislative Session Concludes

[Author: Dave Adelman, Iowa Legislative Director, 05.2016 | Keywords: Transportation, Infrastructure, All-Terrain, Implements of Husbandry, Autocycle, Tax Coupling, Water Quality] Traditionally with election year sessions, legislators tend to be risk-averse. However, the 2016 session of the Iowa General Assembly had a number of issues affecting Iowans and Iowa small businesses. Most notably discussed were education-funding, tax… Read More »